According to Associate Professor of Environmental Law Arie Trouw Borst, elephants, lions, hyenas are part of nature restoration if you look at it legally. “You have to determine what the last healthy, natural ecosystem is and on that basis you have to restore nature.”
And that means, according to Trouw Borst, that you are going to look at which animals lived here, before humans started to manipulate nature. “It is not such a strange idea, you know,” he says in the Radio East program Groot Maintenance. “Many European countries believe that 30% of the land surface should be nature by 2030. But then the big question is: what will that nature look like? 10,000 years ago large ungulates as you see in Africa lived here and predators such as the lion and the spotted hyena here. “
Then Trouw Borst conjures up a large brown bone from a plastic bag. “This is probably a piece of bone from a mammoth. I found this this week on the beach of the Maasvlakte. And more of these kinds of finds are being made. So my thought is not that strange.”
Biologists see that nature policy is often based on what the previous generation has seen disappear. “Because that is what is in the memories of when the current caretakers were small. Biologists call that ‘the shifting baseline syndrome’. Each generation destroys a little more nature and wants to go back to their own youth. But as a result, each generation disappears a bit. nature.”
Trouw Borst thinks it is a good thing that the wolf is back in the Netherlands. “The wolf has never left Europe. And now that it is protected everywhere, it will again have the opportunity to increase its habitat.” It is not only a much discussed topic in the Netherlands. “Norway has determined that the wolf can live in a small area and that a maximum of six packs can live. The rest can be shot, but that is at odds with international agreements.”
Also, according to Trouw Borst, the house cat should no longer be let go outside. “European law says you cannot kill birds intentionally. And if you let the cat go outside, there is a good chance that it will kill something, even if it is not your intention as the owner. But as a cat owner you know that your cat can kill birds. dead, so the Member States of Europe must prohibit that and enforce it effectively. ” It is a huge blind spot in enforcement, according to Trouw Borst. “There is a massive tolerance policy.”
Politicians thought it was nonsense when Trouw Borst brought this out. “While everyone in the Netherlands now thinks it is normal for the dog to have to be on a leash in nature. He was also allowed to walk free in the past.” Trouw Borst has received many fierce reactions. “Me and my family have even been threatened with death via social media. Even though it is just in the law. Those laws of nature are there for a reason.”
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